At this stage he is the most likely wicketkeeper to start in
my side. This young star of Australian cricket will open the batting for the
Last year he made 487 runs at an average of 37.46 with a
highest score of 83.
The fact he keeps for a Sixers side that is a fantastic
bowling line up is appealing too because there is a chance he can regularly get
some extra points through catches and stumpings.
He averaged a decent enough 52.7 last series with three good
scores of over 100. He also had a cheeky little stint in the IPL of six matches
where he didn’t do anything sublime, but the experience will be great for a
player who looks like he is still on that upward spiral.
The cheapest keeper in the game who looks very unlikely to
play a game this series considering he is behind Gilkes and then Billings when
he eventually arrives.
He looks like a beautiful vice-captain loophole option for the early rounds. The only concerns are Round 4 and 6 when the Thunder are involved in the first game meaning you will be unable to loophole a VC score (unless you have another non-player somewhere else in the squad).
The most expensive player available in the tournament. Short
will opening the batting for the Hurricanes and can roll the arm over for some
overs of spin when required.
He will play lots of early matches in the Tasmanian hub
where he knows the local conditions well after playing many seasons with the
He has early fixtures against teams like the Sixers (average
of 101 SC points!) and Strikers (average of 99.6 points) who he traditionally
scores very well against. Probably my first picked in the side.
A logical inclusion in many, many sides. Clearly made the
most runs last tournament with a staggering 705 runs at an average of 54.23.
He made 147 not out in a game against my Sydney Sixers which
was an incredible 244 Supercoach points (and as a sad side note I don’t believe
he was in my side that night).
He averaged 64.9 SuperCoach points last season and 96.9 two
editions ago when bowling many more overs.
He has been bowling overs in the most recent IPL and will be
a popular captain choice in the opening fixture for many a SuperCoach player.
He picked up an injury in the first ODI against India, so I’ll obviously be monitoring news on his recovery leading into the opener.
He only averaged 32.6 SC points at the Renegades last season
but he will be plying his trade with the Sixers this season and he looms as an
The Sixers could be missing many players during the early
stages of the tournament and Christian could be the beneficiary of the
I hope he bats as high as possible in the line up and bowls
on a consistent basis. He was still a handy contributor in the English T20
tournament and starred in the final with bat and ball.
He picked up player of the match taking 4/23 with the ball
and also making 21 runs (not out) with the bat.
Listed as a batsman this year, but I think has been BAT/BWL
Short averaged a measly 22.8 SC points last season but did
have a high score of 71 points when he made 33 off 20 batting at number six.
He did start batting last season at number three and can
potentially bowl a couple of overs depending on team make up.
Even though the Strikers have the bye in the opening round
he is a cheaper prospect that can sit on the bench.
I think he is best XI material, but it is something I will
need to monitor as we approach the start of the tournament.
Moving back to the Heat this year after a stint with the
Renegades. He didn’t play many games last year and finished the year with a
smelly, smelly average of 18.7 SuperCoach points.
If you look at earlier editions of the Big Bash, namely BBL
08, he registered scores of 88, 80 and 72 in the opening six games and he had a
price of $137,300.
He has the added advantage of the BAT/BWL eligibility. He
won’t be batting extremely high in the order (6, 7 or 8 you would assume), but
with Cutting and Pattinson leaving this year, there should be some overs for
Fingers crossed he can do some damage with the bat at various stages. It looks like he will start in the best XI at the Heat at this stage with his job security looking pretty reasonable.
Tye didn’t play a game at all last year due to injury but
everything seems on track for this proven wicket taker to be ready to play in
this edition of the Big Bash.
I’m hoping he can continue to pick up wickets later on in
the innings like he has done previously leading to impressive SuperCoach scores
and a handy average of over 50 when he has played in previous seasons.
He is playing for the Stars this year after playing for the
Heat last season. I am looking at him as a schedule pick only due to the fact
that the Stars have the double in Round 1.
He is not someone I am likely to have in my team for an
extended period this season.
He took eight wickets in eight games last year for a SuperCoach
average of 46. Can he pick up that extra wicket or two?
The match up against the ex-teammates at the Heat who can struggle against spin is certainly an intriguing one.